Actress Leah Remini revealed Monday that she has struggled daily with fear, depression and anxiety since fleeing the Church of Scientology in 2013, opening up about the impact on her of the alleged attempts by the organization to “undermine and destabilize” it. mental and physical health in a long post on social networks.
“It's been a decade since I fled Scientology with my family, but it's a constant struggle to push myself to live my life,” Remini wrote in the X post. “I'm having a good day and I'm thinking : “OK, tomorrow I'm going to continue doing the things I want to do”, then depression takes over. Fear consumes me and I find every reason not to go.
“I have to fight this every day,” she continued. “The process starts again the moment I wake up; I want to go out; I want to experience so many things, including the mundane, and most of the time I don't.
Remini, 53, attributed her struggle directly to “Scientology operatives and operatives” who allegedly stalked, monitored and harassed her since she left the church more than a decade ago. She claimed responsibility for these tactics, apparently known as “fair game» in the Scientology community – isolated and endangered her, her family, her friends and her colleagues.
Even more worrying, Remini claimed the Church had hired “vulnerable people living with serious mental illness” as pawns in its campaign of harassment. “Among the many things they did was trespass into my gated community,” she said.
The actress, who has published a book and produced an Emmy Award-winning documentary series about her experiences within the church, has been repeatedly denounced by Scientologists for her vocal criticism of its practices and alleged abuse. Last August, she sued the church for harassment and emotional distress. “For 17 years, Scientology and David Miscavige subjected me to what I believe to be psychological torture, defamation, surveillance, harassment and intimidation, which had a significant impact on my life and my career,” she said in a statement. statement on social media at the time. “I believe I am not the first person targeted by Scientology and its operations, but I intend to be the last.”
In an amended complaint deposit the following month, Remini said the church's attacks on her and her friends had since “escalated to a much greater degree than ever before.” In response, a Church spokesperson slammed his allegations are described as “pure madness” and “propaganda”.
Remini said Monday that she was prompted to share more about her journey because she had recently done “something unusual and uncomfortable”: saying “yes” to opportunities that involve leaving home.
“It's very important to me because over the last few years I've said 'no' to a lot of things, invitations to go out with friends, to attend events and to travel,” she explained , adding that she publicly likes Celebrate for doing “mundane” things on her social media accounts due to her depression “and her completely justified fears of being hunted.”
Remini also wrote that she hoped her message could make others facing similar issues to hers feel seen and understood. “I often feel very alone going through this experience,” she said, “and by writing about it and sharing it publicly, I hope to feel less isolated and I hope I can make people feel the same way to some of you.”